Texas Sheriffs Today
Apr. 12, 2013

Texas prison inmate charged with threatening law enforcement after disrupting Kaufman County homicide probes
The Dallas Morning News
A man serving time in an eastern Texas prison was charged with mailing threatening letters to the U.S. attorney's office in Dallas, making him the third such person to disrupt major homicide investigations that are ongoing in Kaufman County, authorities say. Jesse Brister's actions took time and effort away from the investigation of the murders of the Kaufman County district attorney, his wife and his top prosecutor, officials said.More

Sheriff says man accused in Texas college campus knife attack randomly stabbed victims
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
A man accused of stabbing more than a dozen people at a suburban Houston community college chose his victims at random, authorities said, going from one floor to another as he used a razor utility knife to slice people in the neck and face. Neighbors and the grandmother of Dylan Quick were at a loss to explain the attack on the Lone Star Community College campus in Cypress — an attack that authorities say the 20-year-old had fantasized about for years. More

Bell County Sheriff's Department unveils new Special Crimes Unit
KWTX-TV
The Bell County Sheriff's Department officially passed a milestone after introducing its newest division. Sheriff Eddy Lange recently unveiled the department's new Special Crimes Unit. It's the first time since the department's inception in 1850 that a special crimes unit has been put into effect.More

Bills would add gays to Texas' 'Romeo and Juliet' law
The Associated Press via Fort Worth Star-Telegram
In Texas, where attempts to expand gay rights have run into strong opposition from Republican leaders, state lawmakers are considering new legal protections for sexually active gay teens. Sexual contact with minors under the age of 17 is a crime of indecency under Texas law. But a so-called "Romeo and Juliet" defense protects teenage couples from prosecution as long as they are in a consensual relationship, both over 14 and within three years of age of each other. More

Eastern Texas stores ration ammo as shortage affects law enforcement
Longview News-Journal
A nationwide ammunition shortage prompted Gregg County Sheriff Maxey Cerliano to notify deputies in March that they would have to supply their own ammunition for this year's firearm qualifications — something Cerliano had never done in 13 years in office. The sheriff was able to pull the plug on that plan after the department's bullet order, placed more than 60 days ago, finally came in.More

Colorado sheriffs plan lawsuit challenging gun control laws
Fox News
VideoBriefMore than half of Colorado's elected sheriffs are planning to mount a legal challenge to the state's sweeping new gun restrictions. The Denver Post reports that 37 of the state's 62 sheriffs will sue to overturn laws passed in March that set limits on ammunition magazines and expand background checks for firearms. Weld County Sheriff John Cooke told the paper that the proposed lawsuit would argue the laws violate Second Amendment rights.More

Police agencies in the West examining facial recognition system
The Oregonian
The Portland Police Bureau is expected to ask the City Council to renew its contract to gain access to fingerprints from eight Western states. What's interesting is that aside from the regular practice of accessing fingerprint and palm print images from the other Western states, the network intends to broaden its services to include the storing of facial recognition data in the future. "Every major agency is looking forward to that capability," said Ken Bischoff, CEO of the Western Identification Network. But Bischoff said the new technology is not in place yet, and still a ways off.More

Allegheny County, Pa., sheriff tightens regulations for off-duty work by deputies
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Allegheny County, Pa., Sheriff William Mullen said he "tightened up" regulations governing off-duty detail work by deputies and outlining where they can work because of problems with the off-duty policies of Pittsburgh police.More

DPS report: Aryan Brotherhood of Texas membership climbing in North Texas
Dallas Observer
As the buzz reaches fever pitch regarding the recent killings of the Kaufman County assistant district attorney, the district attorney and his wife, the Texas Department of Public Safety released their annual Gang Threat Assessment. More

Law enforcers following every clue in Kaufman County DA murder case
WFAA-TV
A high-ranking law enforcement source told WFAA-TV that some members of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas are trying to help investigators solve the murders of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife.More

Apple's iMessage is the DEA's worst nightmare
CNNMoney
If you don't want your text messages to be wire-tapped, you might consider getting yourself an iPhone. Apple's seemingly innocuous iMessage app is giving the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency endless amounts of grief, because law enforcement is not able to trace and track text message conversations sent via Apple's service. An internal document obtained by CNET reveals that the DEA sees iMessage as "a challenge for DEA intercept." More

NRE: Dramatic increase seen in law enforcement-led exonerations
The Crime Report
The number of cases in which police and prosecutors helped exonerate innocent defendants dramatically increased in 2012, according to a report released by the National Registry of Exonerations. Law enforcement authorities initiated or cooperated in more than half of the known exonerations last year: 34 out of 63 cases. It was the first time law enforcement contributed to the majority of exonerations in a year, according to the NRE.More